Happy foodie Friday my friends!
I know today's post is late, but I promise it's Totally worth the wait. I'm a southern girl, and nothing says southern like homemade fried chicken. I spent the last few years doing research and perfecting my chicken expertise. I will warn you now, if I've created a recipe, I'm not one to measure. I will do my best to give you an estimated amount, but when I cook I get lost in a world of food and love, and math just doesn't belong there. So hold on to your belt buckles kids, get ready to lie to yourself about the calories and prepare your mouth for this awesomeness. To start I advise if this is your first time making fried chicken you go with just wings or drum sticks. They are easier to control and cook faster than some of the other parts of the chicken.
3-4 pounds chicken legs
2 cups of milk
3 cups of flour
oil for frying
In a large bowl add the milk, eggs, and about 4 dashes of your favorite hot sauce, and a few dashes of salt and pepper. Mix till everything is well incorporated. Place clean dry chicken in the milk
mixture. In a separate large bowl add the flour and a table spoon of the remaining dry ingredients. And two tablespoons of salt and pepper. Mix well.
Heat oil in frying pan. You want the temperature to get to 300 degrees. A great way to test this is to sprinkle a bit of the flour mixture in the oil, if it floats it's ready!
Here comes the fun! You may have to work in batches depending on pan size. I can usually get about 5 drumsticks in at a time. Take the chicken from the milk mixture, coat it in the flour mixture, shake off excess, then dip it back into the milk mixture. Return it back to the flour mixture one last time and then you're ready for frying.
Some tips on frying:
I give each side at least 4 minutes of cooking time, it also helps with cooking time if you place a lid on while frying. Just be careful when removing the lid, because if you remember nothing else from science class it's that oil and water don't mix.
After 7-8 minutes of cook time you should have some nice golden fried chicken. Remove from oil and place on a baking rack. This allows the chicken to drian but still remain crispy. Sprinkle with salt. Continue in batches till all chicken is cooked.
In our house we go full southern and cook up mashed potatoes and sweet corn to round out our meal. This is definitely a meal that takes a lot of love and time, but it's so worth it to see my boys smile.
Summers alomst here, and this is an amazing recipe for a picnic. Until next time!
Let's DIY some self care?
It's DIY Thursday, and I decided to put away the glue gun to talk with you about a total self conviction I've been struggling with. Taking care of me. Somewhere between the school drop offs, grocery shopping, house cleaning, life juggling , I started to let myself go. Haven't shaved in weeks, who cares, the chipped of five week old nail polish, guilty! That tired worn down Mommy who's looking for the best dark eye concealer, and hasn't been out of yoga pants in two week, caught a glimpse of her yesterday. Before you start with the "I'm tired, I don't have time, just life Denise, I'm living life. I'm here to say that's where you are wrong. You have got to take time for your self. I'm not saying you have to go out looking like a model every time you leave the house, and yes the laid back look is acceptable, even warranted at times, but it shouldn't be the norm. This may sound crazy to some of you, but I actually have a shave and nail polish change day. Why? Because for me I have to make it a point or it won't happen. We have to love ourselves and that all starts with self care. You can not pour into others if your cup is empty. So here is where the DIY part comes in. If you know me even a little you know that I'm a crunchy Momma and look for the most convenient and effective way.
Heres a little face mask that works wonders, and only requires two, yes two house old items.
1. Coconut oil. 2. Coffee grounds
Yep that's it y'all!
Mix the two equally, about two tablespoons each. Rub on a clean dry face and let sit anywhere from 15-30 minutes. It can be done up to 3 times a week.
It hydrates and exfoliates the skin. Natural healthy shiny glow. And yes it's safe for all skin types and sensitive skin. So go take some time even if it's only 10 minutes a day, but do something to renew that tired woman. Give your pigs a polish, or go find a new lip gloss. And ladies, start replacing those yoga pants every once in awhile.
Worship Wednesday with Rachel
It is an honor to meet with you every once in awhile in this space as we explore the wondrous joy of worshiping our Savior. I met Denise while we both lived in Italy. Every once in awhile she would join me for praise & worship sessions for a women’s ministry (a time we both hold near and dear to our hearts!). Did you all know she plays the drums?! I don’t know about you, but I think women drummers are rad. Thank you, Denise, for inviting me to be a part of your new venture.
I am a wife to a husband who loves me with a fiery passion; he loves and leads as Jesus calls. I am a mother to two incredible, I cannot believe they are mine, kids. Emma is 13; she is a ballerina, lover of Jesus, and is trilingual. Ryan is 11 1/2; he is serious about Minecraft and reading, loves Jesus, and is also trilingual. Our family has been living in Europe since 2008 experiencing other cultures and opening our eyes to the world.
I cannot remember a moment in my life without music. I grew up in a home filled with all sorts of musical instruments and musical genres. From a very young age I was encouraged and supported to try and explore music. I started piano lessons when I was 7, I played various instruments at some points including accordion and saxophone, I played flute in school bands from 5th grade through high school, and sang in high school choirs. When I left for college my Dad gave me my first guitar and I’ve been playing ever since. It was there when I realized God would use me and these talents for His glory. I have had the incredible privilege of leading worship in different venues over the last 20 years.
While I realize worship is not only about music, it is truly my way of worshiping God. With an instrument in hand and the breath of song in my lungs, the Holy Spirit moves within me and the Joy of Jesus pours out.